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Old 03-24-23, 04:37 AM
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New model Dahon mini 349 bike

Dahon seems to have a new model called the mini 349, which looks similar to the K3 Plus, but with 349 rims, possibly deltec tension cable (website doesn't show it, but the press release has it), and eyelets for rear rack.
https://dahon.com/bikes/mini-349/

I would be curious to know the wheelbase, chainstay, seatpost angle, etc. in comparison with standard 20" models and the K3 plus.

A youtube video comparing the 2

I'm suspicious of the parallel spoke nipple holes in the rim. Aren't they more susceptible to fracturing the rim, and the load distribution isn't as uniform as a standard rim?

The use of 349 rim is also not so convenient as the range of available tires are more limited than compared to 355.



The press release shows a seatpost stem with a pressure gauge for their built in pump. I wonder how effective it is, or wither it gets in the way of the clamping.

https://dahon.com/dahon-announces-ex...ei-cycle-2023/
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Youtube video not showing in the previous post

https ://youtu.be/lbo93_yb9ME

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Not sure this brings anything new to the table. Litepro and FnHon have offered framesets that can be built with 349 wheels for years, in the same ilk as this 'new' Dahon bike. Here's a Gust with 349 wheels...


Why would I buy this 'new' Dahon when i can build myself a better specced model for the same or even less money?

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Originally Posted by tomtomtom123
The use of 349 rim is also not so convenient as the range of available tires are more limited than compared to 355.
Not sure where in the world market you are that this would be the case.
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Originally Posted by tcs
Not sure where in the world market you are that this would be the case.
Not here, where 349 tire choices are more plentiful than 355. The real limitation of 349 is that tires are not made wider than 37mm, nor forks with sufficient clearance to fit them.
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Originally Posted by Ron Damon
The real limitation of 349 is that tires are not made wider than 37mm, nor forks with sufficient clearance to fit them.
FWIW, the TruBlu is marketed as a 40x349.
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Originally Posted by Ron Damon
Not sure this brings anything new to the table. Litepro and FnHon have offered framesets that can be built with 349 wheels for years.
FnHon and Litepro didn't invent the 349 nor do they have any exclusive on it's use. Lotsa folding bike companies use ISO349 wheels/tires, and have for a half century or more. Dahon has other 349 models. Guessing they had some customer/dealer feed back for a complete, ready-to-ride model like this.

I'm missing your point here, if you want to re-express it.
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As usual, another new bike from Dahon that won't be available in North America.
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Originally Posted by tcs
FWIW, the TruBlu is marketed as a 40x349.
Before the Trublu, there was and still is the Greenspeed Scorcher 40x349 tires (several versions, with or without kevlar protection): high pressure wide tire ultra fast, the fastest tire in ETRTO349 (the Trublu is supposed to be as fast ??).
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Originally Posted by tcs
FnHon and Litepro didn't invent the 349 nor do they have any exclusive on it's use. Lotsa folding bike companies use ISO349 wheels/tires, and have for a half century or more. Dahon has other 349 models. Guessing they had some customer/dealer feed back for a complete, ready-to-ride model like this.

I'm missing your point here, if you want to re-express it.
Yes, you often miss the point. I've noticed that throughout. Here, by your own admission, you did it again. Not my problem. Good luck to you.🙄

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Maybe because the post is specifically about a new Dahon bike, and not constantly about another brand.
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Maybe because the post is specifically about a new Dahon bike, and not constantly about another brand.
Someday the moderators will get around to shutting this advertiser down. He hits every thread about other brands with "Fnhon and Litepro, buy them instead."
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